The dance program provides students with several scholarship opportunities. All BFA applicants will be considered for scholarship awards at the annual High School Dance Day audition. The other scholarships are awarded by the dance faculty at the end of each academic year in the spring. 

List of Scholarships

The Dance Program Freshman Scholarship Fund

Provides a minimal amount of scholarship for incoming freshman majoring in dance. This scholarship requires an audition, usually held during High School Dance Day each fall.

The James & Anne de Castro Dance Scholarship Fund 

Designed to provide scholarships to current undergraduate students in dance based on talent in performance and/or choreography, professionalism, enthusiasm, and dedication to the department. The award amount is typically $1,000.

The Charlotte York Irey Fund 

Created by the dance faculty in 1992, in honor of Charlotte York Irey, who created the dance program and was its Director until her retirement in 1988. The Irey Scholarship is chosen by faculty and awarded to graduate students who are talented in performance, choreography and teaching, and who have shown dedication to the dance program and the arts.

Noel & Terry Hefty of the Messing Family Charitable Foundation 

Designed to support recruitment and retention, this prestigious scholarship is awarded to a talented incoming freshman. This award is given in the amount of $3,000 - $5,000 a year for four years, as long as the student remains a dance major at CU. This scholarship is based on merit and decided by the faculty at the BFA auditions or during the first week of class placements in the fall. A new Scholarship designee will be selected every four years.

The Katherine J. Lamont Scholarship 

Established to benefit full time students in the humanities and is chosen by faculty on a biannual basis.

The Gail Pokoik Scholarship 

Award recipient is chosen by faculty and awarded to graduate students based on talent in performance, choreography, professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication to the dance program and the arts.

The Jamie Kellam Redmond Scholarship 

Awarded annually to a student majoring in dance, in honor of Jamie Kellam Redmond who was the first dance major at CU. The Redmond award recipient is chosen by faculty based on talent in performance, choreography, professionalism, enthusiasm, and dedication to the dance program and the arts. The award amount is typically $2,500 – $3,500.

Talent & Creativity Scholarships 

Awarded to undergraduate majors in both theatre and dance on an annual basis by application. The dance department awards this scholarship to multiple students based on the amount of service and evidence of involvement in the dance program. Award amounts vary but typically range between $250 – $1,500.

Graduate Research in Dance (GRID) Fund 

Provides support for graduate students who are pursuing master of fine arts degrees in dance. The Fund will provide flexible resources for advancing strategic initiatives to support creative and scholarly research. Support from the Fund may include, but is not limited to, graduate student research, project-related expenses, professional development and/or scholarship support.